On the free and fair question I will offer this: Of course the voting was free and was never in question. On the fair part of the accusation, how can it be fair when the number of votes submitted was not known by Dr. Snipes, therefore leaving open the very real question of votes being hidden away or more votes added if one desired. Making sure every vote is counted has never been questioned. Everyone in Florida who wanted to vote had the opportunity to vote. They were all counted and that should have given Floridians and the rest of the world an accurate count. Of course, in this case, it was not known what that count was! Mr. West was absolutely correct in saying that not counting votes is a tactic of third-world dictatorships. If only Dr. Snipes would have determined the number of votes that were cast at the end of Nov. 6 and reported that number as required by law instead of creating a mystery.